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Monday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress": 

An Indivisible chapter in Atlanta called The Red Clay Rebellion met Tuesday in front of Senator David Perdue's downtown Atlanta office. The national movement is working to resist President Donald Trump's policies.
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On Saturday morning, Margo Smith served coffee and muffins to about a dozen women in her living room in Clarkston.

"I, like many people, am just appalled about what's happening since Trump became president,” Smith said. “It feels like we've got to fight to maintain our democracy."

Saturday was the first meeting of Indivisible Clarkston, one of many small grass-roots groups that have formed in the Atlanta area to resist President Donald Trump's policies.

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Tuesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Georgia Tech Computer Science Assistant Professor Bistra Dilkina worked with three student interns during this summer's Data Science for Social Good internship program. She helped students develop an online tool for New American Pathways.
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It can take a while for refugees to get the paperwork they need to get a driver’s license or be able to afford a car. So they need easy access to public transit, supermarkets, schools and low rents. So the city of Clarkston, just outside Interstate-285 in DeKalb County, is an ideal location.

But Clarkston is just 1.4 square miles and it’s running out of space as refugees decide they actually want to stay there.

The resettlement agency New American Pathways helps place more than 500 refugees in metro Atlanta each year. Many end up in Clarkston.

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Clarkston is reducing penalties for possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. It now brings just a $75 fine.

Mayor Ted Terry said he signed the new ordinance into effect after the city council passed it unanimously Tuesday night.  

Terry said the new instructions for police who encounter people with a small amount of pot are: "Don't imprison someone. Don't arrest them. Don't take them to jail. Give them the $75 citation. They don't have to go to court. They can just pay it online, and then they can, you know, continue about their business."